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Planning Morgan County's Future

The Morgan County Planning Commission has begun the very important exercise of updating Morgan County’s comprehensive land use and thoroughfare plans, and it’s time for every interested party to proffer perspective that will influence growth and change for the next generation.

Just as the City of Martinsville did with its comprehensive plan in 2017, Morgan County has retained HWC Engineering to steer the public process.  This exercise will bring focus to a collective vision of the future and how Morgan County will develop and utilize its resources so that all citizens can achieve the quality of life that they desire. The process will identify areas where the county would expect population and commercial gains (e.g., around municipalities and along transportation routes in northern and eastern Morgan County) as well as areas that should remain more rural and agricultural in their respective social and economic fabrics. The result will certainly be a somewhat dichotomous road map that recognizes the benefits of our suburban surroundings and the exurban enjoyment that we gain from our forests and fields found well beyond the beaten path.

Morgan County EDC is a participant in the county’s planning exercise, and we will be a conduit of information to you as the process moves forward – watch for emails announcing upcoming opportunities to participate in surveys and other exercises that are part of the planning process. In the meantime, if you have any questions or to provide input about future plans, please contact our office at 317.831.9544 to opine.

- Mike Dellinger
Executive Director
The funding will allow the NASA-affiliated attraction to purchase new telescopes that will improve the visitor experience during open observation nights.

MARTINSVILLE –  Visit Morgan County has awarded funding to Link Observatory Space Science Institute through their Tourism Enhancement and Development Fund program. This program is intended to fund individual projects that help enhance existing visitor experiences or create new ones within Morgan County.

The amount awarded was $5,000. These funds will allow the Institute to purchase three new portable telescopes that they can set up on the observatory grounds to allow more visitors the opportunity to view the night skies at one time. This equipment can also be used for off-site events, if needed.

“The historic Link Observatory and the public programming being presented there by Link Observatory Space Science Institute is one of our area’s most unique visitor experiences,” says Tosha Daugherty, executive director of Visit Morgan County. “We are pleased to be able to help improve that experience for our visitors. This is exactly the type of project that led us to create our TED Grant program.”

Link Observatory is located midway between Martinsville and Mooresville on Observatory Road. It was constructed in the 1930’s by Goethe Link and is now owned by Indiana University. Programming at the observatory is presented by the non-profit organization Link Observatory Space Science Institute, which was founded in 2012. The organization is dedicated to providing science education opportunities and inspiring students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to improve the experience for visitors to the historic Link Observatory. We can engage and inspire more students and the general public with the wonders of the universe with these additional telescopes. Our sincere appreciation for Visit Morgan County for this gift and the vision and foresight to help us attract more visitors to Morgan County and the historic Link Observatory. This will help us continue to pursue educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math”, said Greg McCauley, Executive Director of the Link Observatory Space Science Institute.

The Institute hosts three public events each month, a public observation night on the first Saturday of each Month, daytime hours for visitors on one Thursday per month, and their LinkLive presentations held at the Mooresville Public Library each month followed by observation at the Observatory. These new telescopes will help improve the experience at these public events as well as any potential group visits that might be scheduled.

About Link Observatory Space Science Institute
The Link Observatory Space Science Institute’s mission is to advance scholastic literacy of future generations with informal STEM education focused on NASA missions, astronomy, and space exploration; and to foster scientific curiosity and advance science literacy to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leaders. Join us as we share the wonders of the universe. www.linkobservatory.org  
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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to
grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.


By: Michael Reschke, Herald-Times
The 21 mile section of Ind. 37 that has been under construction for four years is now officially part of Interstate 69.
The  Federal Highway Administration  has accepted this section into the interstate highway inventory, said Scott Manning,  Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman, in an email. As a result, all I-69 signs being installed along the route will not have covers or bags on them. Covers will be removed from I-69 signs that were installed before the official designation as final inspections are completed.

There will be signs for both Ind. 37 and I-69 along the I-69 Section 5 route. The interstate and state highway merge into one road just south of Rockport Road in Monroe County. I-69 Section 5 then follows essentially the same route as Ind. 37 north to the Indian Creek bridge in Morgan County. 

Despite the official designation, work will continue along I-69 Section 5 for some time.
Construction barrels were pulled back Friday to ensure at least two lanes in each direction were open on I-69/Ind. 37 to accommodate traffic from Indiana University's home football game against Ball State University on Saturday. There will also be at least two lanes in each direction open for IU's home football game against Michigan State University this weekend, but lane restrictions will be back in place during the week.

Paving on local access roads along the Section 5 corridor has begun and is expected to continue for about three weeks. Crews will be on Wayport Road south of Sample Road and Burma Road over the next few days.

Lane restrictions on Second and Third streets were expected to begin at 7 p.m. Monday and continue until 6 a.m. today for the installation of traffic signal detectors and other related equipment. With work ongoing, the speed limit will remain 45 mph throughout I-69 Section 5.

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Morgan County Labor Market Update- August 2018
*Not seasonally adjusted

August 2018 Unemployment Rate IN: 3.7%, US: 3.9%
Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Labor Force does not include retired persons, students, those taking care of children or other family members, and others who are neither working nor seeking work.  
Check  Visit Morgan County 's handy calendar to find all sorts of fun events coming up throughout the county. Take a look at what's going on  this month , or search by date, event category, keyword or location.

October 6th - 7th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mooresville, IN

October 11th - 14th
Parade is October 14th @ 1pm
Courthouse Square- Main St.
Martinsville, IN

October 14th, 6 p.m.
Martinsville, IN

October 25th 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Morgan County Public Library
Martinsville, IN

October 31st
Mooresville, IN

October 9th, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kokomo, IN

October 11th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hammond, IN

October 18th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson, IN

See the full list of upcoming workshops by visiting ISBDC's website
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